Fortnightly Bulletin 2nd May 2019




Dear Parents / Guardians,

Our news for this fortnight is as follows:


  • Green Flag: I am thrilled and immensely proud to be able to inform you that we have just been awarded our 9th green flag. The focus of the work leading to the awarding of this flag was Global Citizenship – Marine Environment. The Green Flag will be presented to our school by An Taisce at a ceremony in the Helix, Dublin later in May. Four representatives of our school, yet to be chosen, will attend the ceremony and receive our newest Green Flag. The Green Schools Committee would like to thank all the pupils, parents and teachers for their support of Green Schools. I would like to congratulate Ms. Kelly, Ms. Beary and the Green Schools Committee on this fantastic achievement. There are very few schools in the country that can boast having NINE green flags. We are so very fortunate to have such an amazing committee and such wonderful support from the entire school community.


  • Active Schools Week: I would like to congratulate and thank Ms. Fogarty, Ms. Ryan and their Active Schools Committee for organising such an amazingly jam-packed and enjoyable Active Schools Week, which took place in the school on the week before the Easter holidays. There was a vast array of physical activities on offer to the children all week and I have no doubt that it was a week that they will remember. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all of the individuals who volunteered their time to work with the children in the area of physical activity – thank you all so much! We hope that their experience will lead to increased activity levels for all our pupils. Well done everyone! A fabulous slideshow of all of the photographs from the Active Schools Week can be viewed on our website


  • First Holy Communion: Ms. Rowley’s and Ms. Ryan’s second classes will be receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion in Rathangan Church on Saturday 11th May at 12pm. They have been busy preparing and their teachers have put in so much work to ensure that they have the most memorable day possible. Ms. De Faoite and Ms. Rowley have also been doing fantastic work on preparing the choir for the big day. I want to particularly thank the girls from third to sixth class, who will be singing in the choir for the First Holy Communion ceremony. We are very grateful to them.


  • Communion Photograph: The First Holy Communion group photograph and individual photographs will be taken in the school on Tuesday 14th May at 9.00am. We ask that the First Communion class come into school wearing their Communion outfits for the photographs on that morning and that they bring their school tracksuit in a bag to change into afterwards. Following the photographs, the class will embark upon the annual parade around the classrooms, which is always much-anticipated! I will send a text to parents of the children in the class when the parade concludes and they will have the option of coming in to help change their daughter and take home the dress. Only parents who are Garda Vetted by the school will be allowed into the classroom with the children (National Vetting Act), but a room will be provided for unvetted parents who wish to change their own child. There is no requirement for parents to come in. The teachers will ensure that the children are changed and the dresses are hung on hangers or placed into bags as specified.


  • Football: Following on from our winning streak prior to Easter we will hope to retain our blemish-free record as we face in to a busy week of football next week, with three matches scheduled in the Cumann na mBunscol Football League. On Tuesday we will take on Gaelscoil Chill Dara, Newbridge at 1pm in Newbridge. Wednesday will see us meet Scoil Bhríde, Naas at 12.30pm in Rathangan GAA pitch and on Friday we will take on Crookstown N.S. in Crookstown at 10am. We wish the girls and their coaches Ms. Feeney and Ms. Collum the very best of luck.


  • Heritage Trips: Ms. De Faoite’s fifth class visited Killinthomas Woods on Tuesday and were guided on their exploration by local woodland expert, Mr. George Hipwell who kindly volunteers to accompany us on an annual basis. Ms. Feeney’s and Ms. Ryan’s third classes will visit the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on Thursday 9th May and Ms. Collum’s and Ms. Dillon’s fourth classes will visit the Curragh and Pollardstown Fen on Thursday 16th May. They will be guided on their trip by heritage specialist, Nuala Madigan. It is hoped that the children will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these local natural sites. All of these trips are part of our Whole School Geography Plan and will be fully funded by the Board of Management.


  • Oral Language: The theme for the month of May is ‘Debating’. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you support us at home, by questioning your child, asking her to justify her choices and to support her arguments. Oral arguments that cause your child to have to reason with you and formulate and deliver a response reflecting a point of view are always to be encouraged, even in Junior Infants!


  • Party Invitations: As it is not possible to invite all children from your child’s class to birthday parties, we would ask that children refrain from handing out invitations in school. This can instead be done outside of the school, in order to avoid upset to children not invited.


  • Anti-Bullying Policy: We are in the process of reviewing our anti-bullying policy. It can be viewed on our school website It addresses cyber-bullying, which as we know has become an issue of national concern.  Thankfully we have had no incidents of cyber-bullying in our school. However I would ask you all to take responsibility for ensuring this remains the case. I’m sure you are all already aware that there are risks and dangers associated with your child using social media. If you allow your child to use social media, parental supervision is required at all times. I would like to make you aware of the fact that the legal age for using Facebook is thirteen. Our school has safeguards in place with regard to pupil internet/website access at school. It is important that all parents are aware that use outside school falls under parental responsibility.


  • Board Games Wanted: We are currently looking at increasing the number and variety of board games that we have here in the school. We would be very grateful of any donation of board games that are in good condition, that are no longer in use in your house.


  • Parent Volunteers: With school tour season almost upon us, we are finalising our list of supervisors, who will accompany classes on the tours. I would like to thank those members of the Parents’ Association who have already volunteered. We are looking for three more volunteers who will accompany fourth and fifth classes to Birr Castle on Monday 17th June, one volunteer to accompany fourth class to Pollardstown Fen on Thursday 16th May, one volunteer to travel with Senior Infants to Lullymore Heritage Park on Tuesday 18th  June and one parent to accompany sixth class on their tour to Kippure Adventure Centre and the cinema. Volunteers must have been Garda vetted through the school. Please phone the office on 045-524540 if you are available and willing.

We frequently require parent volunteers to accompany us on school trips, work with classes or get involved in various activities here in the school. Under the National Vetting Act, all volunteers coming into our school must be Garda vetted through our diocesan office (Kildare and Leighlin). The process is very straightforward, but can take up to two / three weeks to complete. The forms required for Garda vetting for the school are available here in the office. Please let us know if you wish to be vetted. We would urge as many of you as possible to do so.


  • Dates for the Diary:



Details of event

Friday 3rd May

PA Clothes Collection

Thursday 9th May

3rd class – Bog of Allen Nature Centre

Saturday 11th May

First Holy Communion  - 12pm

Tuesday 14th May

First Holy Communion photograph

Thursday 16th May

4th class – Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh

Tuesday 21st May

Junior Infant immunisations

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May

Drumming workshops for all classes

Tuesday 4th June

School closed

Thursday 6th June 1.55pm – 2.40pm

Open Afternoon for new Junior Infants (2019/20)

Friday 7th June

Bake Sale (organised by 6th Class)

Tuesday 11th June

1st class school tour – Imaginosity

Wednesday 12th June

6th class school tour – Kippure Adventure Centre

Thursday 13th June

3rd class school tour – The Zoo

Monday 17th June

4th and 5th class tour – Birr Castle

Tuesday 18th June

Senior Infant school tour – Lullymore Heritage Park

Tuesday 18th June

Junior Infant Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Wednesday 19th June

2nd class school tour – Kildare Maze

Friday 21st June

Raising of our 9th Green Flag

Tuesday 25th June

Sixth Class Graduation

Wednesday 26th June

Whole school end of year assembly

Friday 28th June

School will close at 12pm for Summer Holidays



Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson



 Messages from the Parents’ Association


Clothes Collection: The Parents’ Association will hold a fundraising clothes collection in the school tomorrow. We would be very grateful if you had any of the following to donate: clean, dry and reusable adult and children’s clothing, paired shoes, belts and handbags. Bed linen, curtains, rugs or cuddly toys, torn, damp or wet clothing or general bric a brac are not accepted.




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